Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was voted the quarterback players would want in the last two minutes of a Super Bowl if the game was on the line. As part of ESPN’€™s NFL Nation Confidential anonymous player survey, the question was asked to 320 players around the league. Brady received 128 votes, 40 percent of the vote.

This Sunday, Wes Welker has the chance to forge a unique path.



NEWARK -- Pete Carroll deflected the question at first.

How has the past made him a better coach?

That past, as it relates to his NFL head coaching career, began just up the Jersey Turnpike in 1994. That year the current Seattle head coach spent a ill-fated season guiding the Jets to a 6-10 record.



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NEWARK — His time in New England was brief and not altogether unsuccessful.

NEWARK — Who said former athletes and teammates can’t ask hard-hitting questions?

NEWARK — Wes Welker knew the question was coming.

What happened on his hit on Aqib Talib?

It was the play that knocked out the best defensive back in the Patriots secondary and changed the course of the AFC championship.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been busy this offseason — Belichick at the Senior Bowl and Brady not going to the Pro Bowl — but t

The Broncos and Seahawks have reached North Jersey this winter with different management styles, but in their roster construction, they certainly offer some teachable tools for the Patriots to consider -- so many, in fact, tha



Patriots director of pro personnel Nick Caserio was offered the vacant Miami GM position, but he’s decided to spurn the Dolphins and stay with New England, according to multiple reports.

Caserio, 38, has been with the Patriots since 2001 in various capacities, including as a personnel assistant, coaching assistant, area scout, wide receivers coach and personnel chief.

It’s always a pleasure to get some additional insight into the game from a scout -- they offer a perspective on life in the NFL that we rarely see. With that in mind, we asked an NFC scout who watched plenty of Patriots’ games this year about some points of emphasis for New England heading into the offseason.